The tournament started with pool play on Friday and Saturday, and based on the results available below, Vermillion and Beresford advanced to the championship game.
Elk Point-Jefferson and Vermillion met in the opening game of the tourney on Friday evening. EPJ was in control for the first four innings of the game and held a 6-1 lead. EPJ added a run in the top of the fifth but Vermillion finally showed some life at the plate, scoring 2 runs to make it 7-3. Then in the bottom of the sixth Vermillion plated 6 runs to take a 9-8 lead. EPJ had scored 1 run in their half of the sixth but went down in order in the seventh for a final of 9-8.
Hartington and Vermillion met at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Vermillion came out swinging, scoring 11 runs on 9 hits, 1 walk, a hit batter and 2 errors. Hartington, even after the rough start, would keep chipping away and crept within 11-5 after three. Both teams scored in runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the final of Vermillion 14 and Hartington 8.
In the championship game, Vermillion faced a very good Beresford team which has represented its region the past two seasons at the state tournament. Vermillion broke loose first when they scored 2 runs in the third on a base-clearing double. Beresford, the home team, tied it up with a couple of runs in the fifth but Vermillion answered right back with 2 more in the sixth.
Beresford was able to send the game to extra innings as they scored 2 in the bottom of the seventh. It wasn't until the top of the ninth with 2 outs that Vermillion was able to get 4 runs across then held Beresford scoreless.
The teeners also swept Brookings and Irene, while Wagner and Sioux Falls Central was postponed because of rain. The teeners record improves to 13-2 on the season. Vermillion travels to take on the Mitchell Gold (15-16) on Friday while playing at EPJ on July 2. The next home game will be July 12 against Parkston.
Vermillion 9 � EPJ 8
Hartington 8 � EPJ 1
Vermillion 14 � Hartington 8
Missouri Valley 10
Beresford 10 � Missouri Valley 6
South Sioux City 7 � Missouri Valley 3
Beresford 9 � South Sioux City 5
South Sioux City 6